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    laptop for me!

    Any recommendations for laptop for home use, decided to treat myself to a laptop, so am looking for - downgradable to xp pro, 2gb ram, 160gb hard drive minimum, dvd rw , don't need it for gaming.

    Anyone bought one recently that was a good deal?

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    Budget?

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    Oops yes ---- £400 -450

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    Found this last week when I was looking for a replacement to a teachers laptop that has been stolen:

    Lenovo N200 Notebook PC with FOC Backpack - Misco.co.uk

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    That's quite nice and at a reasonable price too.

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    hp's at ebuyer are cheap now, a lot have offers on that are only mentioned ionce you click on the product.

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    How about this one - Insight UK - HP 6715b Tl60-2.0 15.4" 2g/160 Wlan Bt Tpm Fpr X... its even under your budget

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    Been having probs with hp of late, it's why I went for the Lenovo. A few of the more recent laptops we've had from hp have had a weird display problem. At random times the screen'll go blank vertical lines would appear. HP's support hasn't been the best of late either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    How about this one - Insight UK - HP 6715b Tl60-2.0 15.4" 2g/160 Wlan Bt Tpm Fpr X... its even under your budget
    I bought the Vista version of it in March, and it's excellent - reliable, elegant and nippy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Found this last week when I was looking for a replacement to a teachers laptop that has been stolen:

    Lenovo N200 Notebook PC with FOC Backpack - Misco.co.uk
    I've got a Lenovo N200 and I love it. I've had it for nearly a year now and it's been brilliant :-) The one I bought was stupidly expensive but it's got a 1680 x 1050 screen which is really useful. It's quite heavy so if you want to take it around with you that could be a problem but if you just want a laptop so it doesn't take up half your house then it's perfect.

    that Misco advert lists it has having 802.11g; not sure if that is the case because mine has 802.11n and that is also really good.

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    To add a further twist, the IBM site says ABG.

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    I've purchased and set up a variety of 15.4" widescreen laptops in the last 2 months. I believe that there are some bargains to be had and for what it's worth, here are my views.

    At our primary school, the deputy head is an intensive user who has been provided with a Lenovo 200N. This has a robust build, coated screen and is a good workhorse - the 802.11g is also rock-solid and is used extensively. The disk has recently suffered from a couple of system file corruptions following (during ?) synchronisation of offline files. This caused it to go into occasional reboot loops which I've managed to fix temporarily with an earth-shattering utility but I believe that a re-installation of factory set-up will soon be required.

    Note to self .... disable offline synchronisation for this user.

    The HP model 6720s (Part No: RK154AVX3) running an AMD dual-core Turion with 2Gb is also good value as this pre-loads XP Pro during setup but comes with a full set of Vista Business disks for those who may want to ....... It does not have a toughened/coated TFT screen. I've set up lots of HP 6715b laptops previously and reliability is very good. Expect to pay around £328 + VAT.

    Although I've traditionally steered clear of Toshibas due to their overheating histories, my most recent experiences have been more favourable. The Satellite Pro A300-1DZ (Part No: PSAG1E-00F004EN) has a 1.86GHz Core2Duo Intel with 1Gb and a coated screen. This one preloads Vista Business but provides the XP Pro DVD if you want to load this instead either initially or later. If you choose not to load Vista during initial config, you can only get the Vista disks by paying for them ! Currently available at around £309 + VAT and £12 for an extra 1Gb of RAM (which I put into this one).

    Of course, they all come with a 60-day trial of MS Office 2007 preloaded which you can get rid of during initial config.

    Hope this helps.

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    dabs.com - Samsung Q210 C2D 3GB 320GB DVDRW VHP (NP-Q210-AS02UK)

    This will be my new lappy within a couple of weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrbb View Post
    Oops yes ---- £400 -450
    For that amount of money you can easily get a brand new T61 IBM Lenovo from eBay. for examble here
    or here

    Thin, light, professional, excellent built quality and full 3 years of warranty. Believe me, it will be the best £450 you have ever spent!

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